Science outreach returns

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 6:40 AM


This week the Google Earth Education team is announcing two science outreach initiatives. Both are part of our effort to increase educational outreach and expand upon the successful workshop we held in Boulder at the University of Colorado in the spring.

Google Earth Conference

In partnership with the University of Michigan, we are co-hosting a conference focused on exploring science data visualization in Google Earth, Google Maps, and KML. The Scientific
Applications for Google Earth Conference is scheduled for October 22nd and 23rd in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two-day event will bring together researchers and students from all over the country to discuss the scientific uses of virtual globes and how that technology is enabling newer and richer data interaction experiences for both expert and novice users.

Keynote speakers include Tim Killeen, Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation, and Dan Adkins, former Director of the National Science Foundation Office of Cyberinfrastructure.

Like the Boulder event, Google engineers will be on hand to work directly with students and scientists on ways to overcome technical problems and to provide training for those interested in advanced techniques with KML. Of course we'll be sure to wear maize and blue! Registration for the event is now open, details are available on the conference website. Spots are limited so be sure to check it out soon.

Google Earth Contest

The second initiative is a contest targeting scientific content in KML. The KML in Research contest is open to both students and professionals. We think this will be a fun way for people working with KML to get some exposure for their work and perhaps win some prizes!

So get out your best research ideas and bring your data to life with KML and Google Earth. In addition to prizes, winners will have their work showcased at the American Geophysical Union's annual Fall meeting on December 15th!

For great examples of the kind of entries we are hoping for, check out John Bailey's Science Archive and as always, the Google Earth Gallery.